22. August 2013 – 13. December 2013 · 12:00 am

Axel Anklam: Phos

In August, the Werkstättengalerie will once again be staging an exhibition of three-dimensional art, this time featuring works by the Berlin-based artist, Axel Anklam. The title of the exhibition – Phos – is derived from the Greek phos hilaron, which can be loosely translated as ‘cheerful light’. The name accurately captures the importance of light, both for the 3D works themselves and for the way they are displayed in the gallery: they hover at various heights right up to the ceiling.
Over the years that these works were in genesis, Axel Anklam was influenced by shifting reference points. In the beginning, it was elements of musical harmony that determined the design and proportions. Since 2010, however, Anklam has increasingly taken landscape as his creative focus, not merely copying it, but using it as a formative template. The colours have become increasingly bold; visitors to the exhibition may thus find themselves wandering through a landscape of yellow mountains or red valleys. Yet the high level of abstraction also allows the work to be interpreted very differently, i.e. as biomorphic structures or large cocoons with potentially mysterious contents.

1971        Born in Wriezen (Brandenburg)
1987 - 1990     Trained as artist blacksmith (qualified as master artist blacksmith in 1993)
1996 - 1998     Worked as a restorer at Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam in the employ of the
        Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens and at the European
        Centre for the Skills of Architectural Heritage Conservation in Venice
1998 - 2002     Studied sculpture at Burg Giebichenstein College of Art in Halle
2002 - 2004     Studied sculpture at the University of Arts in Berlin
2010         Visiting Professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart

2013        Lives and works in Berlin and Bad Freienwalde

Art opening: Thursday, 22nd August 2013, 7.30pm (We cordially invite you, your family and your friends to join us at the exhibition opening)
Welcoming speech: Fritz Straub
Introduction to the exhibition: Prof. Olaf Lauströer
Exhibition dates: 23rd August - 13th December 2013
Venue: Deutsche Werkstätten (New company headquarters), Moritzburger Weg 68, 01109 Dresden; Tel: +49 351 21 590-202; Web: www.dwh.de
Directions: Tram No 7 (alight at Moritzburger way) or No 8 (alight at Am Hellerrand) Admission is free and parking is permitted in the company car park.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays and long weekends)

Photos: Lothar Sprenger